Turning a Scowl into an Instant Smile

How to turn a scowl into an instant smile? Have a conversation with a kid--like mine:

Me: (feeling particularly cranky, irritable and kid-annoyed today) "Brandon, You cannot have any more cookies (voice rising) You Cannot Live on Sugar!!"

"No more junk today....I Mean it!" (picture Me with stern face.... You know the kind....comes with hands placed firmly on hips)

Brandon: (After a few minutes of uncomfortable silence--actually, kind of comfortable silence truth be told) "But Mom, I like living on sugar."

Me: Just smiling. About 5 lbs. of stress and frustration melted away. Kids.

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